Director Brian G. Hutton has died, aged 79. The filmmaker passed away on Tuesday (19Aug14) after suffering a heart attack last week (begs11Aug14).
The New York City native began his career as an actor, but stepped behind the camera after taking part in a directing programme with Universal Studios.
In 1968, Hutton directed Clint Eastwood and Richard Burton in the war classic Where Eagles Dare, and he teamed with the duo again in 1970 for Kelly's Heroes, which also starred Telly Savalas, Don Rickles, Carroll O’Connor and Donald Sutherland.
Hutton also made two movies with Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor - drama X, Y and Zee opposite Michael Caine and Night Watch with Laurence Harvey.
In 1980, Hutton was recruited to replace Roman Polanski as the director of The First Deadly Sin, after his predecessor fled America to escape statutory rape charges. The movie featured Faye Dunaway and Frank Sinatra in his final major film role.
Hutton also directed the films High Road to China, The Pad and How to Use It, and Sol Madrid.
As an actor, Hutton starred in movies like Fear Strikes Out, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, King Creole, The Case Against Brooklyn, and TV shows such as Gunsmoke, Perry Mason, Have Gun - Will Travel, Rawhide and The Rifleman.
Queen star Brian May has credited the band's new frontman Adam Lambert with reinvigorating himself and Roger Taylor on tour. The guitarist suggested the Lambert experiment might be Queen's last hurrah just before he stepped in to sing the songs the late Freddie Mercury performed live, but now May believes the band has a future - and it's all thanks to the flamboyant former American Idol star.
May tells VH1, "There's a big call to do more shows now, so, there's a good possibility that we will do more shows. I think, beyond that, we'll just see.
"I feel so fortunate to be going out there. I never thought it would happen again. When Freddie went, I thought, 'That's it. We did that. It was a great life. Now, it's time to have a different life', and for years, we didn't try to be Queen in any way.
"I think he's (Lambert) woken us up."
Queen's tour with Adam Lambert began in North America earlier this summer (Jun14). The band will kick start an Asian tour in Seoul, South Korea on Thursday night (14Aug14) before hitting arenas in Australia and New Zealand.
Veteran rocker Sting took to the stage to sing with the cast on the opening night of his new musical The Last Ship in Chicago, Illinois. The Police star's show opened at the city's Bank of America Theatre on Wednesday (25Jun14) ahead of its planned Broadway debut in October (14), and the rocker was in the audience with his wife Trudie Styler.
At the end of the performance, Sting took to the stage for the curtain call and led the cast in a song, according to New York Post gossip column Page Six.
Other stars who turned out for the musical's opening included Paul Simon, James Taylor, Styx singer Dennis DeYoung and AC/DC's Brian Johnson.
The show received mixed reviews from critics, who questioned whether the production, set in a doomed shipyard in Sting's hometown in the north of England, could draw in audiences on Broadway.
Steven Oxman of variety writes, "Do you want to live for two-and-a-half hours in a beautifully sad song?... The show currently works as a collection of songs in search of a complete story, or perhaps as a concept album - filled with mood and emotion and character and sensibility, but swaying as it takes on specifics. What seems to be missing is a driving conflict."
The Chicago Tribune's Chris Jones adds, "(Many) scenes... still have the air of a semi-staged concept album... The Last Ship already is a worthy and earnest musical, but we know how Broadway loves to take those down. Just look at last season."
Lewis Lazare of the Chicago Business Journal concludes, "Most of the theatre crowds in the early going at least will probably have come to hear Sting's music for the show. Fans of his work may find that much of it sounds familiar and pleasant to hear performed in a theatrical setting. But hardcore theatre buffs will soon realise Sting's style of music - for the most part - simply doesn't sit comfortably in a big Broadway musical context."
One of rock group Queen's most famous early concerts is to be released as a CD, DVD and Blu-Ray 40 years after it was recorded in London. Queen: Live at the Rainbow '74 chronicles the then-up-and-coming band onstage at the fabled venue and features over a dozen tracks never previously released on any official Queen live album.
The concert came days after Queen were invited to perform their new single Seven Seas of Rhye on U.K. TV music show Top of the Pops after David Bowie had to pull out of an appearance at the last minute. The TV slot helped Queen sell out The Rainbow, and producer Roy Thomas Baker opted to film the show and record it for a planned live album.
However, the gig served as the group's launch into the big time - and they put Queen: Live at the Rainbow '74 on hold to record breakthrough album Sheer Heart Attack. A spokesperson for Eagle Rock Entertainment, the company behind the new release, tells WENN, "As a result the already completed Rainbow live album was shelved and consigned to the archives. Now, a remarkable 40 years later, Queen: Live at the Rainbow '74 has finally surfaced, providing an invaluable record of emerging superstars demonstrating their talent."
The project will be released in September (14) in a variety of formats, all newly mixed and mastered. These range from a standard two-CD package, a DVD, an SD Blu-ray, a gate-fold double vinyl, a quadruple vinyl boxed set, and a super deluxe collector's edition, which features two CDs, a DVD and Blu-Ray, a 60-page hardback book containing rare photographs, and various items of memorabilia such as reproductions of the tickets, show souvenir programme and poster, as well as material from the band members' personal archives.
The tracklisting includes Flick Of The Wrist, Killer Queen, Seven Seas Of Rhye and Stone Cold Crazy. News of the release comes as Queen stalwarts Brian May and Roger Taylor prepare for a North American tour with Adam Lambert replacing the late Freddie Mercury as frontman.
Queen stars Brian May and Roger Taylor have confessed their world tours with Free singer Paul Rodgers was "a stretch" at times because the rock veteran wasn't a natural fit for them. The duo joined forces with Rodgers a decade ago and toured the world twice as Queen with Paul Rodgers, and released the album The Cosmos Rocks in 2008, but, as May and Taylor prepare for a string of North American dates with new frontman Adam Lambert, they have revealed they're much more comfortable with their latest replacement for dead singer Freddie Mercury.
Taylor tells the Toronto Sun newspaper, "Paul has one of the greatest rock voices but it’s more blues and soul orientated I would have thought. I would say, with all due respect to Paul, that Adam is more suited to a lot of our material and, whereas we had great tours with Paul, I think Adam is more naturally at home with us."
May adds, "I think the styles match more closely in a sense. But we had a great time with Paul no doubt about it and it kind of stretched it to a new place and I think a thoroughly good experience. But Adam... has many, many colours, so we can explore some of those strange excursions that Queen likes to."
Meanwhile, May reveals the group's current tour with Lambert, who auditioned for American Idol with Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody, could be its last.
He explains, "I don’t know how long we’re going to be capable of doing this kind of thing. At the moment it is that feeling of 'Yeah, One last swing around, one last gallop', and we’ll see how it goes."
Queen stars Brian May and Roger Taylor took to the stage at the end of the final performance of the band's West End musical We Will Rock You to bring the curtain down in style. The show at the Dominion Theatre closed on Saturday night (31May14) after 12 years, and the last ever performance featured a special appearance by the bandmates during the curtain call.
May and Taylor performed Queen's iconic hit Bohemian Rhapsody for the stunned audience, and gave an emotional speech to mark the show's closure.
May told the crowd, "We want to thank every one of the hundreds of theatre artists, musicians and crew with whom we've had the privilege of working. And of course, the audiences who have rewarded them with more than 4,500 standing ovations."
Queen musical We Will Rock You took its final bow in London on Saturday night (31May14). Creators Brian May, Ben Elton and Roger Taylor announced in March (14) that the show would close after 12 years at the Dominion Theatre.
Queen are bringing Freddie Mercury back from the dead for a new album similar to Michael Jackson's hit posthumous release Xscape. In a new BBC interview, guitarist Brian May has revealed plans to release new material later this year (14), which will include unreleased songs sung by frontman Mercury, who died in 1991.
The rocker says, "We found a few more tracks with Freddie singing and all of us playing and they are quite beautiful. It is a compilation but will have this material that nobody in the world has ever heard. I think people will really enjoy it.
"Most of it comes from the '80s when we were in full flight. It is quite emotional. It is the big, big ballads and the big, big epic sound... We had to start from scratch because we only had scraps. But knowing how it would have happened if we had finished it, I can sit there and make it happen with modern technology."
And the new album isn't the only link between dead stars Jackson and Mercury - last year (13) May announced plans to release collaborations between the two singers. It is unclear if these songs will feature on the new Queen album, tentatively titled Queen Forever.
May and bandmate Roger Taylor are preparing for an upcoming Queen tour of North America with former American Idol star Adam Lambert fronting the band.
Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor has signed up to become the butt of his pals' jokes at an upcoming comedy roast in Columbus, Ohio. The masked rocker will be targeted by bandmate Shawn 'Clown' Crahan, Anthrax's Scott Ian and Sebastian Bach at the bash, while professional comedians including Jim Florentine, Brian Posehn, Don Jamieson and Craig Gass will also poke fun at Taylor during the Rock & Roll Roast Comedy Series on 15 May (14).
A statement released by Taylor reads: "Honestly, I don't know what to say. I'm a little nervous, a little excited, and of course a little gassy. But that could just be the excitement.
"I'm really looking forward to it, but knowing my friends and the possibilities for who could be a part of this, I have no idea what I'm getting into!"
The heavy rocker won't be the first musician to take part in the charity roast - Zakk Wylde and Dee Snider laughed off comedy insults during previous events in 2012 and 2013.
A long-awaited Freddie Mercury biopic has stalled again after actor-turned-director Dexter Fletcher walked away from the project, citing creative differences. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels star Fletcher signed on to bring the tragic Queen rocker's life story to the big screen in December (13), with Skyfall actor Ben Whishaw stepping in to replace Sacha Baron Cohen as the flamboyant frontman.
But after just three months, work on the coming-of-age movie has been put on hold again after the filmmaker clashed with producer Graham King, according to Deadline.com. The pair reportedly failed to see eye-to-eye on the direction of the project.
Ironically, Cohen also blamed "creative differences" for his departure from the biopic last summer (Jul13).
A replacement for Fletcher has yet to be announced, but producers are still hoping to start shooting this summer (13).
Surviving Queen members Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon will serve as co-producers on the highly-anticipated Mercury film, which was originally scheduled for release in 2012.
Mercury died from an AIDS-related illness in 1991.